The Seahawks released defensive tackle Tony McDaniel Sunday morning. That decision comes on the heels of contract extensions being signed by quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
"It is a significant loss," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said following day three of training camp. "Tony has been a really good core player for us, and we really liked him and what he's brought to our club. This decision sucks, but you know we had to do something, and so maybe there's a chance we can get him back someday, I don't know how that will work. Unfortunately, that's what had to happen today."
McDaniel, who signed with Seattle in 2013, appeared in every game over the past two seasons, starting 34 including the postseason. McDaniel had 84 tackles over the past two seasons, including a career-high 53 in 2013.
With McDaniel gone, the Seahawks now have an opening in their starting lineup. Among those who could contend for the job are third-year tackle Jordan Hill and offseason addition Ahtyba Rubin.
"Opportunity knocked for a bunch of guys on this one," said Carroll. "Tony's done a lot of playing for us. So as has always been the case, we're heralding these guys as they come through this thing, and waiting to see who's going to rise up, and we're looking for it.